Growing up in Kansas City I thought when our family went canoeing and camping along the rivers in Missouri that nothing would beat it, but I was wrong. I will say camping as a child with my family was one of my fondest memories growing up.
Now that I live in Colorado I feel like my camping horizons have opened to new experiences and that nothing now compares.
When we first bought our RV, we had no idea where to camp so we asked some friends who recommended that we just drive the RV on a forest road and park. That idea scared me a little in the beginning, so they suggested that we check out the State parks in Colorado. We went online and started to look for a spot. We found them, although we learned that if you want to reserve a spot on the weekend at the State parks in Colorado you should do it six months in advance. Camping spots are hard to come by on the weekend. I advise getting online in January to reserve spots for the summer.
We have since fallen in love with camping in the State parks because we feel like they are kept up nice, clean, quiet, have a variety of amenities and activities in the park or nearby.
You can find all the Colorado State Park campgrounds and more on www.CampTale.com for information.
One of my favorites is Stagecoach Reservoir outside Steamboat, Colorado and we have not been to all of them yet.
We have started to go to Stagecoach Reservoir outside Steamboat, Colorado and try to go now every year. I love it because they have a fun swim beach where the family can take a dip, an amazing lake where you can rent paddle boards, canoes and kayaks, hiking trails in the park or close by, fishing and the campgrounds include flat spaces for tents and are easy to navigate parking your RV. They have electric hookups, a facility with bathrooms, showers, and there is an RV dump station with water available.
We love all the restaurants and quaint shops in Steamboat Springs, which is approximately 20 minutes from the campground. They always have tons of activities in the summer and be sure to go tubing down the Yampa while you are visiting. It is a fantastic way to cool off and have some floating fun!
There are multiple campgrounds near the town of Steamboat, so if you can’t find a spot at Stagecoach we also love Steamboat Lake State Park; Yampa River State Park; and Pearl Lake State Park. All campgrounds are nice and provide a variety of activities.
Check out the hiking trails around Steamboat. Nearby Fish Creek Falls is an easy hike with a beautiful cascading view. Or find other trails that provide amazing views of the Yampa Valley.
We will keep planning on Steamboat as one of our yearly camping destinations.